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Catholic Faith Education Newsletter

January 21, 2008 - Volume 1, Number 2

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Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog

bullet Spiritsong.com - Listen online anytime with streaming audio to a selection of 5 play lists containing hundreds of songs from contemporary Catholic singers. Read more...

bullet What's Your Spiritual Type? Take a quiz and find out...

bullet The letter - The well known story called “A letter from Jesus” is available on GodTube.com as a 7 minutes video. View the video...

bullet The Ade Bethune Collection - This Web site contains hundreds of Ade Bethune's drawings flowing from her association with Dorothy Day and the publication of her pictures in The Catholic Worker. Read more...

 

Symbols in Christian Art and Architecture

bulletSymbols in Christian Art & Architecture - This Web site produced by Walter E. Gast “offers a gallery of images you are likely to find in many Christian churches along with explanations to help you understand their meaning and significance.
Read more...

bullet Taizé - In addition to information on the International community of Taizé founded by Brother Roger, this Web site provides much that can feed ones faith reflection and prayer. Read more...

bullet Catholic Praise Cast - The initial welcome message of these podcasts reads as follows:

QuotationWe will pick songs that sing of our Catholic Christian faith. Many songs are written by talented Catholic writers. Following our praise block, we check the calendar, read emails, and maybe even get to speak with some of the top Catholic worship leaders out there today.quotation                                         Read more,,,,
bullet Team RCIA - This site is designed for parishes interested in starting and sustaining the catechumenate. Read more...

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Additional Resources:

bullet Lent - Resources for Catholic Educators
bullet Site Reviews: Lenten Season - Resources for Catholic Educators
bullet Gospel of John - Chapters 4: Articles, Commentaries, Homilies, Clipart, Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Children's Stories

See also:

Lent Clipart - Palm Sunday Clipart - Holy Thursday Clipart - Good Friday Clipart - Scripture Clipart - Feasts & Special Days Clipart

Resources for Catholict Educators Store: Books for Lent and on the Way of the Cross

...whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you

...whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.-- Matthew 6.6

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” -- John 4:10

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. -- John 4:10

Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.

... those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. -- John 4:13-14

See more Bible Posters

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Articles Online

Ministry and Litrugybullet Ministry & Liturgy
December 2007 – January 2008
Volume 34 Number 10
Liturgy Formation: Lent 2008 / Kay Murdy, Ada L. Simpson

"Lent is an intense spiritual journey, not only for those preparing for baptism but for all God’s faithful sons and daughters. Lent is an opportunity for each of us to become more aware of our baptismal call. Baptism is no mere symbolic ceremony; it represents our new life in Christ and our daily dying and rising with him. Lent is an opportunity to change our behavior, an occasion to forgive and be forgiven, to be reconciled to God and one another. This won’t happen overnight, but 40 days is a good beginning."

bullet Company MagazineIn the Fall Issue of Company Magazine 2007: Forgiving Yourself pdf by Jerry Pockar 

There is no greater gift than forgiveness,” says Franklin Stewart. “Once you believe God forgives you, then you can forgive yourself.”

bullet Clapton, Blues and Conversion by Ronald Rolheiser OMI: An interesting article about the conversion of blues guitar player Eric Clapton.

Sprituality for Todaybullet Articles gleaned from the December issue of the online magazine Spirituality for Today – December 2007

What Is Eternal Life?By Rev. Msgr. Frank Wissel “To know Christ is to have eternal life now. And to know him now is to know him then, when this earthly life is over, and our eyes are closed in death. He is the one that confers on us a higher kind of life, which begins right now and carries over into eternity.”New Year's Prayer

More online articles      

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Religious Products in Review

handshake for heavenA Handshake from Heaven is a beautifully illustrated book written by Carol S. Bannon, a full time writer with a degree in elementary education.

I found sections of the text moving. The publishers' Web site describes it as follows:

"In this beautifully illustrated book, show a child how the Eucharist allows them to hold God’s hand. Teach them that receiving Communion strengthens their relationship with God and through this sacrament He opens the door to Heaven. Adults and children will find their love of the Eucharist deepening as they read this book."

I agree with this description. I would, however, have liked the text to touch a bit more on the horizontal dimension of the Eucharist: this sacrament no doubt unites us more and more with God - this is the vertical dimension - but it also opens us to a deeper communion with our brothers and sisters and makes us grow in love for them, especially those most in need of our love. This communal aspect of the Eucharist is not as developed in the text as I would have hoped.

Nonetheless, the book is a wonderful resource.

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